Pros From a guy who have setup numerous Wireless router (IT guy)
1. Ease of setup.
2. Client is very responsive and connect to it quick.
3. Range is good. (3 antenna dude!!)
4. the admin GUI is informative (has a clear log record)
Cons I wanted to give it a 5 star only if they can fix this.
1. No Parental Control, or I haven't found it yet
2. Hard to set "block" site, they have reverse on it, you can only enter "allowed" site, and everything else is blocked....what the!?!?
Summary I had to replace my old Linksys WRT54G, I was using a customized firmware (dd-wrt.com). It was great. After serving its purpose for years, the router is getting unstable and I sometimes couldn't get an IP from it.update: I forgot to mentioned that I have update the firmware of this device to 126.96.36.199, so everything is based on that firmware.
so I decided to get a new one, at first I got a new Linksys WRT54G2. It looks sleek and cool, but it was a nightmare. Setup is too limited, it kept dropping connections and there's nothing much I can debug from it. (see my other review about this)
I decided to google "best wireless router" and trendnet TEW-631BRP is within my budget. I bought it around $75 at local Fry's.
Setup took about 10 minutes since i'm unfamiliar with it. At first I couldn't login with IE8, I finally figured out to set it to "compability view" with IE8 to have it work. Google Chrome and Firefox has no problem with it.
Setup is very straight forward, nothing too different from others. However, they use different term. "Virtual Server" = Port Forwarding. "Streaming Engine" = QoS. But it's not hard to guess.
The only thing I'm very unhappy about it is the way how the setup is design to block URL. The web filtering only allow use to put in "ALLOWED" site, whatever is not mentioned would be blocked. Which really sucks because they are so many sites out there and I only want to block a few specific site.
Also, there is no "keyword" block, which I used "porn, adult" at my previous router so my family can't search for it. (unless they know how to proxy it)
Overall, this is almost perfect for me, so I gave it a 4.5 star.
Updated on Feb 1, 2009
Pros Cheap. Nothing else about this product is desirable.
Cons Poor interface, dismal permance, not user friendly
Summary If you live in Canada and your WAN is Sympatico DSL, please don't buy. I learn this from experience. I recently brought one of these N router for small home network. Although configured correctly with the help of Trendnet custormer support, connection dropouts was untenable and distasteful to say the least. The router behaved erractically and lost connection randomly. Custormer support even told me that I wasn't the only one having this problem. There router was having major problem with the Sympatico WAN.
To make matters worst, BestBuy where I purchased the router wouldn't refund me my money when I returned the piece of garbage to them. They wanted to give me Store Credit which I refused. I just gave up both the money and the router to shameful BestBuy. This says a lot about the product and the store when a custormer rather lost his money instead of accepting Store Credit for a product he didn't want anymore. As the saying goes: "you get what you pay for".
Pros Excellent firmware and interface, excellent signal strength, excellent stability, possibly good range
Cons 100 Mbps switch instead of gigabit switch, color of the case? :)
Summary In my experience of owning several routers now (Linksys, US Robotics), the software (firmware) that goes with the hardware is of equal importance. For instance, I had to run my previous US Robotics 8054 router with a DLink firmware (they have the same exact hardware and chipsets inside, just branded differently) only to achieve some level of stability with that product. The engineers behind this product seem to have done an excellent job with their (at least the latest 188.8.131.52) firmware coding, because even within extremely RF noisy silicon valley apartment I live in, the Wifi performance and stability (both in G and N modes) is nearly flawless. No drops or reboots for over 2 months of use. Given what it sells for, the cost/benefit ratio is excellent.
"Excellent Choice"on by Jeanc123
Pros Easy setup - Good Stability - Good coverage.
Cons A more neutral color would help hiding it in my living room.
Summary After buying an Asus WL-500W N-Draft who was a nightmare to setup and then getting tired of the connection dropping for no reason and the unability to login .... i spent another $100 to get this TrendNet TEW-631BRP.
Well what a difference -- less then 2 minutes it took to setup - and it's been working with no dropping for last 2 months. This is an often forgotten manufacturer and it deserves credit for making a product renown for its reliability and ease of use !
"Great Router"on by shedens
Pros easy setup, good range, faster than old wireless G
Cons Could be more durable
Summary I chose this router because of the cnet review and the price. With the 30.00 rebate it was a lot cheaper than the other wireless n routers. I bought this one to replace my Dlink 624, which had to be reset everyday and alway at an unconvenient time. It was easy to set up, found my modem right away. The security features were also easy to set up. So far it has worked flawlessly. Unlike my Dlink. I have not upgraded my notebook nic, it is stll running on wireless G. But I have still seen an improvement on the speed. Not so much on the range. It does not feel as durable as I would like, other than that, it is great.